No matter what trends come and go, solid wood kitchen cabinets never go out of style. Choosing a solid wood cabinet is going to be one of the most important decisions in your kitchen remodeling project. Fortunately, picking the right one doesn’t have to be a stressful and involving process. Do your research, know your budget and you’ll be able to cull through the many options with a firm idea of exactly what you want to end up with.
The most important aspect of selecting wood cabinets is making sure the product is constructed of 100 percent solid wood. Many manufacturers use particle board and a less than savory retailer or contractor may actually try to pass them off as wood, even marking up the price as such. Particle board is a weaker compressed material that comes in rigid panels or sheets. It’s usually employed where a stronger material isn’t necessary. Not surprisingly, particle board doesn’t look as good and certainly won’t last as long as solid wood.
Oak is easily the most popular choice in cabinets. It’s because the material looks beautiful and it’s plentiful. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye and exceptionally durable, oak cabinets stain well. A natural or honey stain should be used to offset darker elements of the kitchen. Darker stains should be utilized for the reverse.
Pine wood comes in a variety of options. Yellow and white tend to be the most versatile. Unlike ponderosa, they are easy to stain. Ponderosa pine is appealing but can be difficult to work with in terms of staining. It’s better to buy it pre-stained.
Maple is highly recommended by professionals because it’s so easy to work with. Regardless of staining shades, it keeps that much wanted natural grain appearance. You’ll also notice when looking at comparable products, maple can be more cost effective than other wood options. This is because maple comes out of the Far East and most maple wood appliances are manufactured there.
When someone walks into the kitchen and sees cherry wood, expect the eyes to pop. And expect to pay to see that. It’s an expensive option. Its uniqueness is staining can deepen the color while sunlight will gradually bring out a red hue.
Mahogany solid wood kitchen cabinets have a lush appearance unlike any other. Mahogany brings sophistication and chic. You are going to pay for it because the material is rare and expensive to produce.